Collection de l'Art Brut
Collection de l'Art Brut
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Nick Carbó
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
During my stay at the Madison d’ Ecrivains in Lavigny on one of the rainy days that bring the slow clouds from Lake Geneva, we decided to take the train up to Lausanne to go to the Musee De l’Art Brut. It was a life changing, as well as enriching experience.

I was lucky to have seen great art at major museums like the Prado in Madrid, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. If one insists on viewing “pretty” works of art then stick to those places and avoid buildings that displays art brut or another term used, outsider art.

So we took the early 9am train to Lausanne, had a coffee at Central Station and studied the bus rout to 11 Av Bergieres. The neighborhood was not too built up but there was a fair amount of foot traffic of locals going about their day. I recall a group of second or third grade children going to school unaccompanied by any adults. But complete strangers would greet them “non jour mes enfants.” It was a real community that kept an eye out for the children.

Everything seemed quite ordinary, clean, and orderly until we entered, well paid 10 Swiss Franks, then immersed ourselves in the alternate realities of the artists. This art would be easily labeled as Surrealism like Dali or Duchamp. No, it is different. Most of the artists here had little or no art training. Think of the guttural moans in an insane asylum and turn that into splashes of paint, primal brush strokes. Not all of them were mentally disturbed or incarcerated. Some were loners and antisocial like Henry Darger. There are examples that would be classified as folk art.

By the time you reach the fourth floor you might be tempted to slash your ears off to stop the voices from taking over. You have entered a cliche of the twilight zone. We purchased the guide book even though it was in French, two large sized posters and a t-shirt. By then it was lunchtime and we walked to a pizzeria and ordered an extra-large with two beers.
Written July 8, 2018
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thefoodthing
London, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This is a very different — and very special art museum in Lausanne, located in Beaulieu, Lausanne. It’s a bit of a schlep to get there as it’s about half an hour’s walk north from Lausanne central train station, but totally worth the detour to visit.

This art gallery is all about dealing with ‘outsider art’, created by people on the fringes of society, such as displaced persons, those with mental health issues or individuals who have voluntarily or involuntarily isolated themselves from the outside world. What they create is sourced and displayed in this gallery, which is reasonably small and set out on four floors; the collections grouped by artist (you can pick up a brochure in the gallery which gives you a map and short biography of the people behind the artworks). Most of what is on display is paintings or drawings, but there are plenty of sculptures too.

The art is very honest, rough, raw and fascinating. Those with children are advised to take caution as many of the artists have dealt overtly with sexual imagery and motifs, which might be a concern to some parents. Nevertheless, what you will see here gives you fascinating insights into the minds of the artists, and it is refreshingly different from more conventional galleries.

The entry for adults is 10CHF. For this, you will probably spend about two hours in the gallery, and get to see everything. There are plenty of little bars and restaurants nearby (towards the city centre or old town) if you are peckish. Highly recommended — one of the best things to see in Lausanne.
Written March 24, 2018
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hubbard k
College Station, TX46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
You need an open mind and open heart to see, observe, and appreciate the art here - take your time, but make it to the top floor to see the current exhibit. It is a powerful museum experience, that delves into the minds and uncovers the treasures of tormented, but expressive souls.
Written May 25, 2016
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ilovecorndogs
Lausanne, Switzerland1,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Examples:

Little Billy grew up in Hungary and tried to burn down his house 4 times by the age of 12 and was committed to a mental institution. He escaped at age 25 and lived undiscovered for 20 years in the basement of a castle. His dead body was discovered along with 3000 works of art. All super creepy

Jane claimed she was 7 million years old and only painted visions from her past lives. All in blue and with her eyes closed.

Henrik was in solitary confinement in an Austrian prison for 12 years and carved a 30 foot by 10 foot wall with a broken spoon into a masterpiece

Some of this art is really cool, but most is creepy based on the people's backstories and what they draw/paint (piles of burning children...)

But definitely worth a visit!!
Written July 27, 2014
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kgustaf
Geneva, Switzerland57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Friends
The artists who have their work in this alternative, but well-known, small museum are not professionally trained, but instead have produced masterpieces out of compulsions that are driven by madness or near-mad disturbances. Some works are child-like, but still quite profound. Much better than the Olympics Museum.
Written May 20, 2013
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Michael G
Boston, Massachusetts, United States58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Solo
The art is very interesting, but often not as interesting as the stories of the artists themselves. This place is much larger than it appears, we spent a whole morning exploring it, and ran out of energy by the end. Recommended
Written March 27, 2013
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happycamper914
Lausanne, Switzerland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Whenever friends come to town, I always schedule a visit to the Art Brut museum. It is outsider art at its best, with short biographies in French and English about each artist, and enough room to walk around and see the works you find intriguing. It takes at least 2 hours, and even then you haven't seen it all - but that doesn't matter. It changes regularly - there are over 2000 pieces of art which are rotated. Children love this museum because the strange colorful works of art lend themselves to interpretation and discussion. There are stairs to climb, so I am not sure if it is accessible for everyone.
Written February 1, 2013
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Need2seetheworld
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Couples
Some art works are really interesting, but this is no MOMA. Definitely one of a kind and worth an hour to satisfy a bit of curiosity. It's 10-15 minuate walk from the closest Metro subway station.
Written February 8, 2012
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N0MAD
Perth, Australia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Le Collection de L'Art Brut is possibly the most interesting art gallery I've ever seen, and a definite highlight of my visit to Lausanne. It's a collection of 'outsider art' - visual artwork created mostly by schizophrenics, manic-depressives, and other psychiatric patients. Some of the art is brilliant, while some of it is less technically proficient (even childish in its execution) but genuinely disturbing. The staff are helpful (though it helps if you speak French), and the experience unforgettable. After my first visit to the Collection, I found myself drawn back to it two days later, and would love a chance to see it again.
Written May 24, 2005
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Joe 67
98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a fascinating and moving art museum of true "outsider" art mainly composed by residents of psychiatric institutions. There is detailed information in both French and English about the contributors, their life stories, and why they create art. For many of the contributors, their art is their only meaningful way of communicating with the outside world. If you are ever in Western Switzerland, I strongly recommend that you visit this museum. A truly remarkable museum that as many people as possible should know about and visit.
Written March 28, 2022
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